Posts filtered by tags: Floss[x]


 

Magic Lantern: a feature-rich replacement operating system for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a replacement OS for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern


Magic Lantern: feature-rich addons for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a suite of feature-rich add-ons for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern


Freedom EV: free/open replacement firmware for your electric vehicle -- including a Tesla

Freedom EV is a free/open software stack intended to replace the software in your electric vehicle, it's been tested on a Tesla Model X and should work on a Model S, if you can get root. Electric vehicles are very exciting but the same informatics and versatility that make them exciting also invite manufacturers to add all kinds of antifeatures (like batteries with plenty of charge remaining that refuse to power a vehicle because you've only paid for so much electricity; to say nothing of t...
Tags: Videos, Video, Floss, News, Youtube, Tesla, Intel, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Linux, Electric, Github, ARM, MCU, Freedomev, Got Root


The next Firefox will block all autoplayed audio, video

There are plugins and obscure settings that will get this behavior, but, as the saying goes, "defaults matter": Firefox 66 will not play any audio or video until "a web page has had user interaction to initiate the audio." (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Firefox, Post, Floss, News, Web Theory, Mozilla, Damn You Autoplay


Artists’ Lawsuits Against Fortnite Creators May Rely on Rights of Publicity

No one does the Carlton quite like Carlton Banks.  (Queue Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual.)  Since actor Alfonso Ribeiro first performed the unique dance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it has been readily associated with him.  When the dance move recently appeared as a purchasable avatar dance in the popular video game, Fortnite, players quickly recognized Carlton’s signature move.   Fortnite is a battle royale-style combat game in which players, through their avatars, fight to the finish.  In-...
Tags: Floss, Sixth Circuit, California, Samsung, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Bette Midler, First Amendment, Ford Motor, White, Carlton, Epic Games, Branding, Copyrights, Alfonso Ribeiro, Copyright Office


Hide and seek: A catalog of useful steganography tools

Steganography is the art of hiding things in plain sight: for example, secretly encoding a message in an image by flipping the least-significant bit in each pixel to create a binary string that can be decoded as text. 0xRick Owned Root's /.Steganography is an open, git-hosted catalog of useful resources aimed at Capture the Flag players who are trying to puzzle out steganographic clues. Stegsolve: Sometimes there is a message or a text hidden in the image itself and in order to view it y...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Cryptography, Github, Hustvedt, Steganography, The Purloined Letter


To do in Boston Mar 23/24: The Free Software Foundation's Libreplanet conference

The Free Software Foundation has announced the keynotes for its 2019 Libreplanet conference: Debian pioneer Bdale Garbee; Micky Metts from the MayFirst People Link Leadership Committee, Solidarity Economy Network and Agaric; Shuttleworth fellow Tarek Loubani who develops open source hardware, 3D printed medical equipment used in Gazan hospitals; and FSF founder Richard Stallman. This is a pretty fantastic lineup! I'm especially excited to see Loubani on the bill; I was the Shuttleworth Fell...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Boston, Events, 3d Printing, FSF, Richard Stallman, Shuttleworth, Free Software Foundation, Gazan, Tarek Loubani, Loubani, Solidarity Economy Network, Bdale Garbee, Micky Metts


A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


Thunderbird team vows faster, easier-to-use, more stable versions in the year to come

In 2015, Mozilla announced that it would turn Thunderbird -- one of the last freestanding, cross-platform email clients -- into a freestanding, independent project, and in 2017, Thunderbird became a community-overseen project with institutional backing from Moz. It was an odd move at the time: the Snowden revelations and the news that Yahoo had provided the NSA with free access to user emails, along with the sputtering out of promising alternatives like Mailpile meant that there was huge, u...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Email, Yahoo, Snowden, Nsa, Web Theory, Ui, Charitable Giving, Mozilla, Ux, Gpg, Mailpile, Enigmail, IndieWeb


The audiophile MQA format really doesn't have DRM, but that doesn't mean it's not on the toxic rainbow of locked tech

After watching a CCC presentation that claimed that the MQA audiophile format has "stealth DRM," I decided to investigate, and I'm pretty sure MQA is not DRM. But MQA is proprietary in several important ways that audiophiles should consider before they invest in the tech. Its overlapping patents, combined with extreme secrecy about the terms on which the format is licensed, mean that you have to trust in the long-term good decisions of the manufacturer in order to ensure that you'll always ...
Tags: Post, Business, Floss, News, Trade Secrets, Patents, Eff, Drm, Cory Doctorow, Audiophiles, MQA


Mozilla pulls a popular paywall circumvention tool from Firefox add-ons store

Bypass Paywalls is a popular extension for Firefox and Chrome that does what the name implies: allows your browser to manipulate its cookies so that websites with "soft paywalls" that allow a small number of free articles can't accurately determine if you've already exceeded your limit. Bypass Paywalls is a free software project maintained by Iamadamdev and hosted on Github. On November 17, Iamadamdev updated the project's Readme file to announce that Mozilla had removed the extension fro...
Tags: Firefox, Post, Floss, News, Web Theory, Mozilla, Github, Paywalls, Code Signing, Bypass Paywalls, Iamadamdev, Ons Store, Mozilla Add Ons Store


A science-fiction-inspired desktop UI for your Lin/Win/Mac system

Squared (AKA Gaby) is a French hacker who created edex-ui, a science-fiction inspired desktop "heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie effects," which gives you a terminal and live telemetry from your system; it looks like it would be especially fun on a tablet (though if you really wanna go sci fi, build a homebrew cyberspace deck). eDEX-UI is a fullscreen desktop application resembling a sci-fi computer interface, heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie ef...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Floss, News, Fanac, Ui, Ux, Github, Gaby, Dex, Oh No Ono-sendai


Ted Danson learning to floss

On the set of The Good Place, Ted Danson (or is that "Ted Dancing"?) got a lesson from his co-stars on how to floss. Not "floss" as in dental care, but as in the dance craze that's sweeping the nation. Ted Danson learning to floss is the only video I’m interested in watching for the rest of the year. pic.twitter.com/SKTMKZKvM3 — Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4) November 16, 2018
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Dancing, Ted Danson, Justin Kirkland, The Good Place, Ted Dancing


For $20, you can make a DIY Stingray in minutes, using parts from Amazon

Stingrays were once the most secretive of surveillance technology: devices whose existence was so sensitive that the feds actually raided local cops and stole their crime files to stop them from being introduced in court and revealing the capability to spy on cellular phones. The cat inevitably escaped the bag, and subsequent disclosures revealed just how widespread the surveillance of cellphones had become. One upshot of the law enforcement reliance on cellular mass surveillance is that ...
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Post, Floss, News, Infosec, Github, Ubuntu, Stingrays, IMSI, GNU Radio, Software-Defined Radio, Joseph Cox Motherboard, Ismi Catcher, Oshm


Illumipaper: paper that can selectively illuminate to provide interactivity

Illumipaper is a well-developed prototype from Interactive Media Lab Dresden; the researchers behind it used a variety of techniques to create regular-seeming paper with all the traditional characteristics (it can be crumpled, folded, written on with pen and ink, etc); but a wireless controller allows it to be selectively illuminated to provide interactivity (e.g. to provide tips on homework problems). It's a fascinating project that really feels futuristic -- like something that is yet to ...
Tags: Videos, Happy Mutants, Video, Floss, News, Education, Youtube, Scholarship, Oshw, Ed-tech, Hci, Digital Pen-and-paper, Illumipaper, Interactive Media Lab Dresden, Konstantin Klamka, Ing Raimund Dachselt Interactive Media Lab Dresden


Apple's new bootloader won't let you install GNU/Linux

Locking bootloaders with trusted computing is an important step towards protecting users from some of the most devastating malware attacks: by allowing the user to verify their computing environment, trusted computing can prevent compromises to operating systems and other low-level parts of their computer's operating environment. But as with every security measure, there's a difference between "secure for the user" and "secure against the user." Bootloader protection that doesn't allow an o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Business, Copyfight, Floss, News, Microsoft, Dmca, Drm, Apollo, 1201, War On General Purpose Computing, T2, Owner Override, Trusted Computing


Apple's new bootloader won't let you install GNU/Linux -- Updated

Locking bootloaders with trusted computing is an important step towards protecting users from some of the most devastating malware attacks: by allowing the user to verify their computing environment, trusted computing can prevent compromises to operating systems and other low-level parts of their computer's operating environment. But as with every security measure, there's a difference between "secure for the user" and "secure against the user." Bootloader protection that doesn't allow an o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Business, Copyfight, Floss, News, Microsoft, Dmca, Drm, Apollo, 1201, War On General Purpose Computing, T2, Owner Override, Trusted Computing


Evolutionary Space Invaders: shoot the aliens as a genetic algorithm modifies them

InvaderZ is a Space Invaders variant that incorporates a genetic algorithm that mutates the invaders as you shoot at them, with survival for a fitness function: the longer an invader lasts before being blasted out of the sky, the more its behaviors are carried over into the next wave (here's a playable live version). (via Kottke)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Games, Copyfight, Floss, News, Computer Science, Github, Genetic Algorithms, Retroarcade


DeOldify: a free/open photo-retoucher based on machine learning

Jason Antic's DeOldify is a Self-Attention Generative Adversarial Network-based machine learning system that colorizes and restores old images. It's only in the early stages but it's already producing really impressive results, and the pipeline includes a "defade" model that is "just training the same model to reconstruct images that augmented with ridiculous contrast/brightness adjustments, as a simulation of fading photos and photos taken with old/bad equipment." This is a deep learn...
Tags: Post, Photography, Floss, News, Machine Learning, Ai, Github, ML, Deoldify, Jason Antic, Wasserstein GAN, Wasserstein GANs


Job opening: senior security engineer to work on SecureDrop and protect whistleblowers

Sumana writes, "SecureDrop (previously) (originally coded by Aaron Swartz) is an open source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. Its parent nonprofit, the Freedom of the Press Foundation (previously), is hiring a Senior Software Engineer to join the team and:" "be responsible for development tasks related to the current SecureDrop server and Tails OS workstation code, as well as the next-generation Secure...
Tags: Security, Python, Post, Floss, News, Aaronsw, New York City, Employment, San Francisco, Anonymity, Infosec, Aaron Swartz, Whistleblowers, Freedom Of The Press Foundation, Sumana, Securedrop


Cybersecurity class challenged to hack a Raspberry-Pi-enabled "smart pumpkin"

Frequent Boing Boing contributor Sean O'Brien and his colleague Scott J Shapiro built a Raspberry Pi-enabled smart pumpkin and then challenged their Yale cybersecurity students to hack it. The exercise looks like lots of fun, and the instructors have documented their process on Github, along with sourcecode for your own "Pumpkin Pi." The Pumpkin sat on a table in class, with the red and yellow LEDs simulating a candle. The objective I gave to students was to trigger the green lights, rat...
Tags: Security, Halloween, Post, Happy Mutants, Floss, News, Education, Mac, Not Food, Cybersecurity, Yale, Computer Science, Github, Sean O Brien, Boo-la Boo-la, Scott J Shapiro


Guidelines for "kind communications" in free software communities

Richard Stallman's new GNU Kind Communications Guidelines are a brief set of guidelines for being "kind" in your interactions in free software communities, with the explicit goals of ensuring participation from "anyone who wishes to advance the development of the GNU system, regardless of gender, race, religion, cultural background, and any other demographic characteristics, as well as personal political views." It's similar to other codes of conduct that have started to become the norm in...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Free Software, Civility, Richard Stallman, GNU, Discourse, Codes of Conduct


A bot has been finding bugs and submitting patches for them, successfully masquerading as a human

Repairnator is a bot that identifies bugs in open source software integration and creates patches without human intervention, submitting them to the open source project's maintainers under an assumed human identity; it has succeeded in having five of its patches accepted so far. Repairnator's creator, Martin Monperrus, has found that human software maintainers have a bias against accepting patches generated by bots, but will willingly accept the same code if its author is identified as anot...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Computer Science, Bots, Github, Turing Test, Botwars, Turing Tests, Repairnator, Human-competitive Tasks, Martin Monperrus


Helm: A home network email server appliance to redecentralize the web

Helm is a startup making a $500 home gadget that replaces Gmail and Google Calendar, letting you control your own email and coordination; its founders have deep information security backgrounds, and plan to make money by charging an annual $100 management fee. The company's roadmap includes networked storage, comparable to dropbox or Google Drive, VPNs, password managers, and other services that currently live in the cloud. The company has a centralized point-of-failure in the form of a ga...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gadgets, Post, Business, Happy Mutants, Floss, News, Net Neutrality, Mozilla, Decentralization, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Helm, Lily Hay Newman, Jeremy Gillula, Email At The Edge


Standard Notes: free, open, cross-platform, encrypted, eternal note-taking app

With Evernote's business on the rocks, a lot of people are waking up to the fact that commercial, proprietary cloud systems work great (easy, well-supported) but fail badly (lock-in, sudden bankruptcy, loss of years' worth of important data). If you're just learning that lesson, try Standard Notes, a free, open, encrypted, cross-platform cloud-based note-taking app that is designed to be private, auditable, and eternal. The encrypted part means you can store data in the cloud and not worry...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Privacy, Cloud Computing, Web Theory, Surveillance, Competition, Crypto, Standard Notes


Molar and beef mash-up / Ça molaire parfaitement identique!

THE ORIGINAL? Wrigley’s Orbit Gum–  2016 “Don’t let them settle in” Source : Paintbox Agency : Mudra  DDB (India) LESS ORIGINAL Gum Dental Floss –   2018 “Some things don’t belong together” Source : Cannes Health SHORTLIST Agency : Dentsu Bangkok (Thaïland) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Health, Floss, Advertising, Beef, Hygiene, Wrigley, Teeth, Cgi, Vache, Don, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Print & Outdoor, Joe La Pompe, Tooth, Dental Floss


WWWBasic: code web-pages in BASIC

Google's WWWBasic project allows you to write web-page interactivity using a BASIC-like syntax that will be recognizable to anyone who grew up with early personal computers in the late 1970s and 1980s (it can be imported within Node.js, too, so you can mix Javascript and BASIC). (more…)
Tags: Google, Post, Floss, News, Computer Science, Github, Retrocomputing, Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, Wwwbasic


LA County will switch to all open source vote-counting machines

California voting officials have certified an open source vote-counting package for use in the upcoming LA elections, in the first of a series of planned improvements to the County's voting system (other plans include improved absentee voting ballots). (more…)
Tags: Post, Floss, Elections, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Uspoli, LA County, Verified Voting, 2018 Tsunami, With Enough Eyeballs


A next-gen, multi-switch Useless Machine that unswitches your switches in order

Coffeeman 500's Useless Box - Multi Switch project is an open-source hardware project that's an ambitious variant on the beloved "Useless Machine" -- 2010, 2010 (Lego)), 2010 Political edition), 2011 (HOWTO), 2012 (politics), 2013 (fancy), 2013 (advanced) (vs human), 2016 (most useless), 2017 (vs twisty vase). (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Floss, News, Reddit, Thingiverse, Oshw, Github, Howto, Coffeeman 500, Useless Machines


Google DRM for Email can be disabled by ticking a few boxes in Firefox

Last week, I linked to a critique of Google's new "confidential mode" for Gmail and Google Docs, which purports to allow you to send people documents without letting them print, copy or forward them. (more…)
Tags: Google, Post, Copyfight, Floss, News, Gmail, Web Theory, Drm, Apollo, 1201, War On General Purpose Computing, Information Rights Management, Wanting It Badly Is Not Enough, Interoperability, Adversarial Computing, Confidential Mode